An open-ended film which shows lawyers arguing the constitutional issues concerning freedom of religion during an emergency hearing of a transfusion case in which the life of an unborn child is threatened because of the religious beliefs of the parents.
Examines the complexities of Constitutional freedom and guarantees. Discusses whether or not freedom of speech is absolute or should be controlled when it threatens law and order. Illustrates the discussion with the case of a neo-Nazi who speaks in front of a Jewish temple in praise of Hitler and in criticism of Jews. Filmmaker Wilets noted that several violent incidences occurred in classrooms regarding the appearance of Nazis in this film. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit...
Considers the conflicts over freedom of the press between the public's right to know, guaranteed by the First amendment, and the duty of all citizens to cooperate with criminal investigations to discover and punish wrongdoers. Shows how a reporter's protection of confidential sources can lead to important Constitutional conflicts over these issues. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
An open-ended film designed to instigate discussion on what constitutes an unreasonable invasion of privacy, focusing on the Fourth Amendment, Search and Seizure. Presents a case in which an electronic surveillance by the police at a bookmaking operation results in the issuance of a search warrant, arrests, and a pretrial hearing. For more on director Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
Part II of director John Barnes’ four-part opus on Oedipus the King, by Sophocles. Through the revelation of the character of Oedipus, Bernard Knox is able to present the play as a kind of detective story that deals with the old religion of Greece and the new ideas that were challenging it. Selected scenes from the play show the actions and motives of Oedipus. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm Topics: Oedipus, classical Greece
byJohn Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
Features Marcel Marceau in a performance of pantomime. Uses the hands as the struggle of good and evil as revealed by the force of the hands themselves through symbolic movements. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm Topic: pantomime
Illustrates services, materials and facilities of public and school libraries. Shows students how to use the card catalog and locate books. Explains vertical picture files and those for other A/V materials. Story hour in the public library children's room features a Paul Bunyan tall tale. At the same time Susan's class in school is studying the westward movement in the United States. These two episodes dovetail neatly to make an exciting committee project for Susan and her friends to share with... Topics: academic films, Irving Rusinow
Nominated for an Academy Award, this film by John Barnes surveys the need for redevelopment of American cities and the forces which have created problems in urban areas; describes obstacles which deter the elimination of blighted areas and tenements and the relief of traffic congestion. The film includes scenes of St. Louis in 1890, and of present-day housing and building programs in Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. For more on Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm Topic: urban redevelopment
Explains that during the reigns of strong kings, the Crown had tremendous power, but when a weak king was on the throne, the barons asserted their rights. Dramatizes events after the crowning of John which brought the conflict between kings and barons to a climax and resulted in the signing of the Magna Carta. Filmed in England. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm Topic: magna carta
byJohn Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, inc.
Traces the history of England from the Norman invasion in 1066 to the crowning of King John in 1199, dramatizing incidents in the reign of King Arthur, Henry I, Stephen of Blois, Henry Plantagenet, and Richard the Lionheart. Explains how the background of feudalism sets the scene for the meeting at Runnymede, which resulted in the drafting of the Magna Carta. Filmed at Runnymede, England. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm Topic: magna carta
byJohn Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
One in a series of twelve films in which the great French mime Marcel Marceau performs some works from his repertoire. In his introduction Marceau states that to him this pantomime has different meanings. He explains that the maskmaker represents humanity and has all the faces humanity can possess. He also suggests that while many people hide behind masks, others use them to create symbols of life and says that the last mask will reveal man in his only and real moment of truth. As the performer... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: pantomime
“The Midwest, Heartland of the Nation” As part of Encyclopedia Britannica Films’ Social Studies offering they produced a collection of regional films. This 25-minute film is the examination of the factors that are responsible for the Midwest’s success as America’s breadbasket and manufacturing center. The film was shot in 1968, a time when most automobiles manufactured for domestic use were made in the Midwest with Midwestern parts. Iron ore was mined in Minnesota’s Mesabi Range and... Topics: academic film, U.S. Midwest, Great Lakes
byEducational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
Dr. Alfred G. Redfield performs a simplified Millikan experiment photographed through the microscope. Substituting standard spheres for oil drops, he demonstrates the effect of X-rays and the relationship of the charge to the velocity of the spheres. Professor Francis L. Friedman explains that charge comes in natural units that are all alike, and points out numerous changes of charge. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm Topics: pssc, physics
Documentation of the first lunar landing and rock samples brought back by astronauts have unlocked many mysteries of moon geology. This film shows scientists at Houston's Lunar Receiving Laboratory analyzing clues to a once-secret past. Animated segments illustrate the origins of lunar topography. Other segments show how moon rocks provide clues to the origins of the earth. Topic: geology
A film on mountain-climbing in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Glenn Exum, Virginia Garner, and Paul Petzoldt demonstrate mountaineering techniques and equipment. They reach the peak, shake hands, and rappel and glissade to base of mountain. For more on Garner, visit http://www.afana.org/garner.htm Topic: Grand Teton
Dr. Gilbert Highet presents the basic framework of the Odyssey, providing the general background of the Trojan War and the events in Odysseus' home while he was away. Dramatizes highlights of the travels of Odysseus. For more on director John Barnes, visit: http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm Topics: Homer, Ancient Greece
Part of the three-part 'Odyssey' series made by John Barnes. Reveals the character of Odysseus through his activities upon his return to Ithaca, concentrating on his heroic qualities of courage and cleverness. Dr. Gilbert Highet explains that these qualities are shown by presenting Odysseus as a new and strangely different kind of hero. For more on director Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm Topics: Homer, Ancient Greece, Greek literature
Dr. Gilbert Highet points out that the Odyssey is an epic peom and a tale of heroic conflict, that the story has three different themes skillfully interwoven, and that all three are based on one central moral truth. For more on director John Barnes, visit: http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm Topics: Homer, Ancient Greece, Ancient Greece
byPhysical Science Study Committee. Physics.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
Dr. Robert I. Hulsizer uses a cloud chamber and gold foil to carry out the historic Rutherford experiment which led to the nuclear model of the atom. He clarifies the behavior of alpha particles by use of large scale models illustrating the nuclear atom and Coulomb scattering. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm Topics: pssc, atoms, physics
Describes the procedure by which a seaport receives cargo for distribution. Shows conveyor systems, pumps, and electromagnets used in handling goods; and explains the work of seamen, longshoremen, and customs officers. Shows the port of San Francisco and the SS President Cleveland. Shows old SF Muni streetcars stacked and ready for scrap, four longshoreman standing around doing nothing while another unloads bananas. Discusses roles of personnel on ships, loading and unloading. Ship passes under... Topics: seaport, San Francisco, longshoremen's union, port, shipping
Set In Manhattan's Central Park, this film is the poignant story of a teenage girl's encounter with a homeless old woman (movingly portrayed by distinguished actress Mildred Dunnock) who carries all her belongings around in shopping bags. This encounter eventually leads to the girl's understanding of the problems of aging and the dignity of all individuals, regardless of their place in society. Actress Mildred Dunnock, who plays the homeless woman, was a former schoolteacher who didn't begin... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 9 reviews ) Topics: Bert Salzman, homeless, elderly
Features Marcel Marceau performing a pantomime showing circus performers demonstrating their skills. Includes a juggler, an acrobat, clowns pulling ropes without ropes and a tightrope walker as the major performer. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm Topic: pantomime
The late Gerald McDermott made this, his first commercial film at the age of 19, an extremely complex animation short featuring approximately 2000 animation cels presented in six minutes. The production was handled by an uncredited Harrison Engle, later noted as a documentary filmmaker. Influenced by Klee and Matisse, McDermott used silk-screen as well as traditional painting techniques in crafting ethnographic folk tale animation shorts. With films that are startling in intensity, and majestic... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews ) Topics: Animation, Japan, folktale
The Sun Gallery Provincetown 1955-1959 (2007) 10m. Andersen and Falcone founded the Sun Gallery in the spring of 1955 in a storefront located at 393 Commercial Street, Provincetown. It was open to everyone, but specialized in finding new young talent. It soon became a local hangout for poets, actors, and artists, one of whom was a very young Red Grooms. The film documents the artistic idealism and joie de vivre of Provincetown in the mid-to-late 1950s. For more on Yvonne Andersen, visit...
byHarvard Project Physics.; Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, inc.
A documentary which portrays the life and work of the nearly contemporary physicist, Enrico Fermi, whose work helped to transform not only physics and the style of doing research, but even the course of history itself. Topics: physics, Fermi
byMilan Herzog; Physical Science Study Committee. Physics.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
In this classic Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC) film, MIT professor John G. King discusses the concept of time and shows various devices used to measure and record time intervals from 1 second down to 10 seconds. He points out that the accuracy of a clock can be judged only by comparison with another clock. The question of what time is, psychologically and physically, is raised briefly as well as the question of a possible limit to the subdivision of time. The film features noted... Topic: PSSC
Using the radioactive decay of cosmic ray mu-mesons shows the dilation of time in a filmed experiment which takes place on top of Mt. Washington, N.H. and at M.I.T.in Cambridge, Mass. Explains how data are taken to determine the time distribution of the decays of mu-mesons at rest. Determines the counting rate for mu-mesons with speeds of about .99 the speed of light which arrive on top of Mt. Washington and measures the number that survive to reach sea level. Deduces from the experimental... favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: pssc, physics
A poignant film of poverty and morality. In this exceptional sociodrama, a hungry boy finds someone's food stamps and makes a decision. The schoolhouse scene is sobering, washing is done in a basin to show that the sink doesn't work, a teacher makes lunch for kids from government-issue canned food, cooked on a gas stove located in the classroom. Topics: Academic Film, Appalachia
Director Gene Deitch interviews author and illustrator of children's books Tomi Ungerer. An engaging and funny man, Ungerer is one of the darkest of all writers of children’s books. He takes an absolute joy in being an iconoclast, discusses his fear of the dark, and how children enjoy the terror in his books. He defends children's innate intelligence, and notes the harm in being overly protective. Not a word is mentioned about the fact that he’s also a noted ribald adult cartoonist. This... Topics: illustration, picture books
Sponsored by the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, filmmaker Bill Deneen traveled three days by bullock cart to the remote leper colony run by Father Cesare Columbo in Kengtung (Kyiang Tong), Burma. Intended to be a film to be used for fundraising, the film is a fascinating documentary about a humanitarian effort that would soon be terminated by the Burmese government. The film is a precursor to 'Happy City'(also available on the Internet Archive), which Deneen made on Father Columbo's... Topics: Burma, Myanmar, leprosy, Hansen's Disease, Cesare Colombo
This classic film is hosted by Glenn Seaborg, Nobel Prize winner and discoverer of Plutonium. Here, he features three principal chemists involved in the discovery and identification of the transuranium elements, Burris Cunningham, Stanley Thompson and Albert Ghiorso. The film reviews methods and techniques for discovery and identification of transuranium elements. One of the CHEM Study series of films. Topics: chemistry, atom
‘Trio’ (1953?) 30m, dir. Irving Reis or Jules Dassin. Landmark musical performances were a staple of early television, but unfortunately many of the early examples have been destroyed. This extremely rare film documents cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, violinist Jascha Heifetz, and pianist Artur Rubenstein. Somewhat stilted in the way only early television can be, it nevertheless showcases the techniques and personalities of three of the 20th century’s greatest musicians.
Shows the tight editorial and technical teamwork responsible for a local television news program. Depicts reporters interviewing actor Burt Reynolds and actress Dyan Cannon, examining the effects of an emergency water main break and covering a massive demonstration on Park Avenue. Features WABC anchorman Roger Grimsby, reporters Bill Beutel, Geraldo Rivera, Robert Labe, and Melba Tolliver. Topics: television, news
Discusses how modern artists defied tradition in their search for new dimensions of expression. Shows how artists use novel styles and techniques to interpret the ever-changing face of twentieth century life. Discusses Fauvism, German Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Italian Futurism. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )